Can you eat heated-up chicken when pregnant?

In this article we are going to answer the questions: can you eat heated-up chicken when pregnant, can you eat cold chicken when pregnant, what are the risks of eating heated-up chicken when pregnant, and what are the benefits of eating chicken when pregnant. Also, I will give you some tips on the safest way to cook chicken when pregnant. 

Can you eat heated-up chicken when pregnant?

Yes, you can but it all depends on how long it has been in the refrigerator. Cooked chicken lasts for about 3 to 4 days in the fridge. You also need to check the ‘best if used by date’ to stay away from any food poisoning disease. 

Check the smell, color, and texture before you eat it and if you have any doubt, better not eat heated-up chicken.

Can you eat cold chicken when pregnant?

Yes, you can eat cold chicken if it has been completely cooked before. Never eat raw chicken because it may contain bacteria. 

What are the side effects of eating heated-up chicken?

When eating heated-up chicken, you need to be sure that the chicken has not been sitting for too long in the fridge. Also, you need to be completely sure that it doesn’t smell bad or is slimy. Microwaves do not kill any bacteria. 

Although nowadays it’s very difficult to catch an infection, you should avoid eating heated-up chicken because it may be bad. The three main diseases you can contract are toxoplasmosis, salmonella, and listeriosis. 

Listeria monocytogenes are the main bacteria that can be found in undercooked ham. It causes listeriosis. If you let the bacteria go too far, it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and other health problems. 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, approximately 2,5000 people will get infected with listeria every year. It means that it’s very rare to get infected but pregnant women are in a more delicate condition and need to be a little more careful because it could lead to fatal health conditions. 

Toxoplasma Gondii is the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis. For a normal, healthy person, it usually doesn’t cause any symptoms but for pregnant women, it’s too risky, it can cause serious health problems.  One important thing to add is that once you contract toxoplasmosis you can’t contract it again. 

Salmonella is a bacteria that can be very dangerous in pregnant women. It also causes digestive symptoms like the other pathogens listed above. One important thing about salmonella is that it can cause bacteremia, a condition where there is bacteria in the blood and can be fatal to pregnant women. 

So why are pregnant women more likely to get infected? Because their immune system is compromised and does not work as well as for a healthy person. Also, remember that while the baby is not fully developed, the baby it’s at risk too. 

Symptoms include

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills and fevers
  • Muscle pain
  • In pregnant women, it may cause flu-like symptoms with fever and chills 

What are the benefits of eating chicken when pregnant?

Chicken is an excellent source of protein during pregnancy. It has a lot of vitamins and minerals. About 100 g of lean chicken will give you enough protein for a day! 

  • Excellent source of iron and zinc
  • Excellent source of protein
  • It has low-fat content compared to beef.
  • Low in cholesterol
  • Rich in niacin and vitamin B3, which stimulate a baby’s brain and development. 
  • Rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium and thiamine.

What is the safest way to cook chicken when pregnant?

The only way to be completely sure that chicken is safe to eat is to cook it completely and eat no more than 2 days in the fridge and no more than 4 days in the freezer.

You need to cook up to 145 degrees for whole meats plus a 3-minute stand time for safety. According to the USDA, “3-minute stand for safety refers to the time that the product remains at the final temperature after it has been removed from the oven, grill, or stove. During the 3 minutes after it has been removed, its temperature remains constant and continues to rise, to kill pathogens’’

Also, it’s important to know that listeria grows at refrigerator temperature (approx 2-4 degrees) and there can be contamination from one food to another. That’s why you need to know exactly how long the chicken has been in the fridge before heating it up and eating it. 

Here is a recipe on how to cook the perfect chicken

Conclusion

This article answered the questions: can you eat heated-up chicken when pregnant, can you eat cold chicken when pregnant, what are the risks of eating heated-up chicken when pregnant, and what are the benefits of eating chicken when pregnant. Also, I will give you some tips on the safest way to cook chicken when pregnant. 

If you have any questions, please let me know 

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